This article makes the case for the importance of Husserl's prephenomenological Philosophie der Arithmetik in conceiving of Husserl's relevance to literary studies. Whereas this relevance has already been recognized as concerns the affinity between the method of the phenomenological epoche, on the one hand, and the space of fictionality, on the other, Husserl's earliest philosophical work on the psychological origins of arithmetic concepts has received less consideration in this connection. Suspending Husserl's own disavowal of his early work and its "psychologism", I argue-through close readings of passages from Die Philosophie der Arithmetik and "Der Ursprung der Geometrie"-that Husserl's reflections on the origin of the concept of multiplicity constitute an unwitting poetological statement that reflects not only the manner in which the early Husserl constructs the psychological foundations of mathematical knowledge but also, moreover, the way in which the later Husserl's phenomenology understands the historicity of geometry and science as such. Consequently, the Philosophie der Arithmetik offers a poetics of epistemology.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Phenomenology to the Letter|
|Subtitle of host publication||Husserl and Literature|
|Number of pages||24|
|State||Published - Nov 23 2020|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities(all)